April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

Top News

  • House committee votes to approve bill that would grant DC statehood. CNN
  • Covid-19 booster shot likely needed within 12 months, Pfizer’s CEO says. NBC News
  • Voters Like Biden Infrastructure Plan; G.O.P. Still Sees an Opening on Taxes. New York Times
  • Officer Who Killed Daunte Wright Makes 1st Court Appearance In Manslaughter Case. NPR
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Environmental Justice to Play Role in Grant Programs, Regan Says. Bloomberg Law
  • US envoy John Kerry woos China over climate. BBC
  • Senate votes to confirm Mallory to lead White House environmental council. Reuters
  • Oil Surges to Highest in a Month With U.S. Demand Picking Up. Bloomberg
  • Carbon Emissions Could Plummet. The Atmosphere Will Lag Behind. NPR

Indian Affairs

  • A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge.’ New York Times
  • ‘Race against time’: Pandemic propels fight to save Native American languages. Politico
  • Interior Department to reconvene council on Native American issues. The Hill
  • Native Americans And State Taxes: Not For The Faint Of Heart. Forbes


  • Amazon Vote Won’t Deter Union Goals, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Says. Wall Street Journal
  • US vaccination progress sparks rebound in jobs and spending. Financial Times
  • Biden Confronts Decades of Union Decline in Bid to Boost Wages. Bloomberg
  • Teachers Union Switches Stance, Now Endorses CDC Guidance on School Reopenings. US News & World Report

Taxation & Trade

  • Biden wants to raise taxes to pay for infrastructure. He might need the world’s help. Vox
  • USTR Tai calls for bold action to put climate at center of trade policy. Reuters
  • Biden proposals may not guarantee all Fortune 500 corporations pay federal income taxes, experts say. Washington Post
  • American Rescue Plan: US stimulus seen widening trade deficit that sparked Trump’s trade war with China. South China Morning Post
  • Big Oil’s Influence Shrinks as Tax Perks Face Axe in Biden Plan. Wall Street Journal


  • How Asia came to dominate chipmaking and what the U.S. wants to do about it. CNBC
  • NYC e-cargo bikes lay groundwork for future of grocery delivery. Smart Cities Dive
  • Wyden urges ban on sale of Americans’ personal data to ‘unfriendly’ foreign governments. Washington Post
  • China-US tech war ‘in crucial decade’ as developing nations pick sides. South China Morning Post

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • The Case For a Transit-First Infrastructure Plan. Bloomberg CityLab
  • Trottenberg Confirmed Deputy DOTSEC. Railway Age
  • DOT Rebrands BUILD Program to RAISE, Makes $1 Billion Available. Transport Topics
  • Biden’s infrastructure plan goes big on EVs, but his first budget starts small, analysts say. Smart Cities Dive
  • Focus group: Red flags for Biden infrastructure plan. Axios

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